21 days in Albania & Bulgaria Itinerary

21 days in Albania & Bulgaria Itinerary

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Tirana, Albania
— 3 nights
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Dhermi, Albania
— 3 nights
Drive
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Melnik, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 5 nights
Drive
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Dobrich, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive
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Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
Drive
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Belogradchik, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
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Tirana, Albania

— 3 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Ethnographic Museum of Kruja. Take a break from Tirana with a short trip to Kruja Castle in Kruje, about 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of House of Leaves, walk around Grand Park (Parku i Madh), and learn about all things military at BunkArt 2.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tirana online trip itinerary maker.

Sydney, Australia to Tirana is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 9 hours. When traveling from Sydney in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tirana, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Dhermi.

Things to do in Tirana

Wildlife · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

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Find places to stay May 1 — 4:

Dhermi, Albania

— 3 nights
Escape the urban bustle at Livadhi Beach and Himara Seas The Day. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dhermi Beach and Penisola Di Porto Palermo e Castello.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Dhermi holiday planning site.

You can drive from Tirana to Dhermi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tirana to Dhermi due to the time zone difference. In May in Dhermi, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Melnik.

Things to do in Dhermi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 4 — 7:

Melnik, Bulgaria

— 2 nights
Melnik is a town in Blagoevgrad Province, southwestern Bulgaria, in the southwestern Pirin Mountains, about 440 m above sea level. On the 8th (Sun), head outdoors with Rupite and then learn about winemaking at Villa Melnik Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Kordopulova House and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rozhen Monastery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Melnik road trip planner.

You can drive from Dhermi to Melnik in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Melnik

Historic Sites · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 9:

Plovdiv, Bulgaria

— 5 nights

City of the Seven Hills

Though it is often seen as merely a stopover city, Plovdiv is actually a lively university town with bohemian cafes, a thriving art scene, and exciting nightlife.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Assen's Fortress and Villa Yustina. Popular historic sites such as "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church and Dzhumaya Mosque are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Plovdiv side-trips: Horseback Riding Tours (in Borovets) and Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Nebet Tepe, stroll around Park Tsar Simeon, delve into the distant past at Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis, and see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Plovdiv itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Melnik to Plovdiv takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dobrich.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 9 — 14:

Dobrich, Bulgaria

— 1 night
Dobrich is the eight most populated city in Bulgaria, the administrative centre of Dobrich Province and the capital of the region of Southern Dobrudzha. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo Centre Dobrich and then kick back and relax at Cape Kaliakra.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Dobrich road trip website.

You can drive from Plovdiv to Dobrich in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Dobrich can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Dobrich

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay May 14 — 15:
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Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

— 3 nights
Veliko Tarnovo is a city in north central Bulgaria and the administrative centre of Veliko Tarnovo Province.Often referred to as the "City of the Tsars", Veliko Tarnovo is located on the Yantra River and is famously known as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, attracting many tourists with its unique architecture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chiesa della Nativita and Troyan Monastery. Explore hidden gems such as Devetashka Cave and Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God. There's more to do: make a trip to Samovodska Charshiya Complex and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

Before you visit Veliko Tarnovo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Dobrich to Veliko Tarnovo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Belogradchik.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 18:

Belogradchik, Bulgaria

— 2 nights
Belogradchik is a town in Vidin Province, Northwestern Bulgaria, the administrative centre of the homonymous Belogradchik Municipality. On the 19th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Belogradchik Rocks and then steep yourself in history at Belogradchik Fortress.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Belogradchik vacation builder.

You can drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Belogradchik in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. May in Belogradchik sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 20th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Belogradchik

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay May 18 — 20:
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Albania travel guide

3.9
Castles · National Parks · Landmarks
Land of the Eagles
With its young bustling metropolis, networks of cobblestone pedestrianized streets, coastal beach towns, and cities of ancient ruins, Albania will continuously surprise you. As you reach each new major town and discover how completely different it is from the last, your appreciation will deepen for this tucked-away land steeped in history. Travel, eating, and accommodation here is very inexpensive, freeing you from budget concerns and allowing you to travel in the style that you want. Meanwhile, you may find yourself going days without spotting another tourist. While this means that many things will not be customized for visitors (non-English menus, sparse accommodation, and fewer international transportation options), you'll experience the feel of authentic Albania.

Bulgaria travel guide

4.4
Eventful history has endowed Bulgaria with a rich cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage, while natural beauty and recreational opportunities make it one of Europe's most desirable holiday destinations. Carpeted by dense forests and fed by mighty rivers, this ancient land once drew invaders from distant corners of Europe. Today, the country's Black Sea coastline and seven rugged mountain ranges top the itineraries of nearly 8 million annual visitors. While its growing cities offer modern shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, Bulgaria's countryside remains a history buff's paradise, boasting well-preserved reminders of ancient civilizations that conquered or passed through this land. Begin your Bulgarian adventure in Sofia, one of Europe's oldest capitals, with over 250 historic landmarks.